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DPS Skis Announces Partnership with KOHLA

November 17, 2023

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Ryan Silven 970-924-0704 ext. 2114

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 17, 2023) — DPS Skis, the U.S.-based ski manufacturer pairing aerospace carbon technology with groundbreaking shapes, announces a partnership with KOHLA, the Austrian brand specializing in mountain sports equipment. DPS will be the exclusive North American distributor for KOHLA and will be offering the brand’s climbing skins, backpacks, and climbing skin accessories starting November of 2023.

“KOHLA has been a dominant global climbing skin brand but has had very limited distribution in the US and Canada. With the brand’s premium technology and unwavering quality reputation, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to grow KOHLA’s distribution and broaden the value that we offer to our dealers and customers,” says Thomas Laakso, senior vice president at DPS Skis and PHANTOM Glide. “KOHLA’s climbing skins are best-in-class and align with our brand ethos and will be a perfect companion to the DPS lineup of touring skis.”

KOHLA was founded in 1932 in Innsbruck, Austria by Max Kohla and is still a family run business. KOHLA has always specialized in gear for mountain sports, with an emphasis on backcountry skiing and snowboarding, and is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of climbing skins. All of KOHLA’s products are field tested near the brand’s headquarters in Austria’s Stubai Alps.

“Kohla has been a family-run Austrian mountaineering company since its start in 1932,” says Thomas Span, CEO of Ibex Sportartikel which runs Kohla. “Our heart and soul are in the mountains and we share with DPS a respect for those mountains as well as a passion for snow sports. It’s obvious to us that we have found in DPS Skis the best partner with which to expand our presence in the US and Canada.”

For sales inquiries, interested dealers please contact to schedule an appointment to learn more about KOHLA.

For more information on DPS and its partnership with KOHLA, please contact account manager Ryan Silven at

About DPS Skis: Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah, DPS designs the world’s most advanced ski products by fusing space-age carbon technology with groundbreaking shapes. DPS is responsible for the world’s first and only pure pre-impregnated carbon fiber sandwich ski, the first 120mm-waisted powder pintail, the first rockered ski with sidecut, and PHANTOM, a paradigm-shifting permanent, one-time application base-coating that forever eliminates the need for waxing skis and snowboards. DPS products are sold on five continents and are the trusted brand of choice for serious skiers worldwide.

About KOHLA: Since 1932, Kohla has been a family-run Austrian mountaineering company dedicated to crafting exceptional outdoor equipment. As a leading manufacturer of climbing skins, backpacks, and telescopic poles, we are driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to meeting the highest demands of mountain sports enthusiasts. At Kohla, we are constantly striving to adapt our creations to the evolving needs of our customers, ensuring that every piece of Kohla gear empowers your mountain adventures. When you choose Kohla, you are not just selecting a product; you are embracing a legacy of innovation, quality, and unwavering dedication to the mountains we all love.